This week in Winning Post

And so we head to Ladbrokes Park for the last hurrah of the Melbourne spring carnival for 2017.

The Sandown Classic is one of the main events, and with the Darren Weir stable on a roll Ringerdingding looks hard to beat.

Weir trained six winners at the Flemington carnival including Ringerdingding, who took a listed race on the final day and, all going well, will back up in the Guineas this Saturday.

The Zipping Classic for the weight-for-agers, the Sandown Cup for the stayers, the Sandown Stakes for the milers and the Summoned Stakes for the mares are among the support races.

Paul Richards is tipping Ventura Storm in the Zipping Classic and his Ladbrokes Park preview leads this week's Winning Post.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for the Moonee Valley and Canterbury night meetings plus the day meeting at bet365 Park Kyneton plus fields, colours and selections for a swag more Fimeetings.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Ladbrokes Park in Melbourne, Rosehill in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide, Doomben in Brisbane and Ascot in Perth. But it doesn't stop there, because there's nighttime action at Cranbourne and we've got it covered.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Dunkeld (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW edition) and Gold Coast (Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for four more TAB meetings including Donald Cup day plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from Queensland, NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 4, while further back in the book Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Matt Stewart tackles the big issues and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

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Inside Winning Post November 17 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Moonee Valley (night), Canterbury (night), bet365 Park Kyneton
Ladbrokes Park, Rosehill, Morphettville, Doomben, Ascot, Cranbourne, Dunkeld (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
Donald, bet365 Geelong, Newcastle, Sunshine Coast
Whose was the win of the VRC carnival?
Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.
Ladbrokes Park Hillside Saturday - R10 N10 Snogging
Morphettville Parks Saturday - R6 N1 So You Too
Letter of the Week

No buts about it

“Winx is a champion, but …” chorused the WWs (Winx Whingers) in the October 6 issue. I stand by the comments in my previous letter that Winx has nothing to prove to anyone.
In my mind she is a champion full stop, so why do they keep knocking her and denigrating Australian racing by claiming she has not been tested overseas and is beating nothing here?
For any horse to win 29 races straight, 22 of them Group 1s, and a lazy $23 million in prizemoney speaks for itself.
Please send me a list of other horses that have achieved the same, here or overseas.
Paul Connors laments that she wins her races too easily. Paul, that is what I thought champions did!
“Against whom?” he scoffs. If I was a trainer I wouldn’t mind having Hartnell in my stable. In the Turnbull four other runners had amassed earnings of over $1 million so they were obviously not the battlers of the racing world.
Mervyn Sullivan tells us that for a top northern-hemisphere horse to race in Australia is “out of the question”. Golly, and I believed Winx had left high-class European gallopers Vadamos, Highland Reel and now Benbatl in her wake in Cox Plates. Silly me.
A racecaller remarked that bubbles of excitement and emotion arise each time Winx enters the course. Do the knockers want to deny this to racegoers and take the gloss off Winx with their continual bleatings about her not racing overseas?
Yes, we have had some wonderful horses represent us overseas but this does not mean it should be compulsory for Winx to do so.
Simply accept she is a champion and be proud she is Australian. Just please let Winx be Winx and allow us to enjoy her achievements.
Alas, if Winx is ever beaten I am afraid we will hear these same naysayers scream from the rooftops: “I told you she wasn’t much good!”
Finally, on another subject, what a great article was “30 years of winning” by Tony Kneebone (6/10).
Although religion was never part of our household surprisingly the only organisation or charity I remember my father liberally supported each year was DOXA and Father Joe Giacobbe for their work with disadvantaged kids … as mentioned by Tony.

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Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: